Cole's "The Better Wild Bird Feed" has several new blends designed specifically to "defend your bird feeder and send squirrels packing." This bird feed appealed to me because I use two wooden house-shaped feeders. The squirrels in my neighborhood have become adept at climbing up the metal pole that is holding the feeder my son built.
These crafty critters balance on the roof of the feeder and have begun chewing their way through the wood to get to whatever seed I put therein. They have effectively defeated both the metal pole and the 100-pound dog in my yard. The dog just stares up longingly while the squirrels feast away.
The first Cole’s bird feed I tried was "Hot Meats," a “patented blend of top quality sunflower meats infused with an exclusive Habanero chili pepper and Safflower oil that birds find delicious but squirrels simply hate." They looked so tasty I had to warn my kids not to eat them.
No squirrels! There was not one squirrel in my backyard! I spent a great portion of my days this week in the yard and did not see any squirrels. The dog is depressed because he has nothing to chase besides skinks.
I have not seen but three young blue jays at the feeder, though. Two alit on the feeder and took a "Hot Meat" sample. One blue jay flew away immediately. I thought I saw the second one shudder before flying off. The third looked at his siblings and looked at me as if to say, "What are you trying to do to us?" Then he shook his head flew away.
I decided to try an experiment. I kept the "Hot Meats" in one feeder and put the "Special Feed" in the other. Special Feed is a “pre-treated wild bird seed that allows birders to finally win the age-old war against squirrels - quickly, easily and cost-effectively."
Within two days, I had my birds back! Multiple varieties of birds flocked to this feeder. They loved the "Special Feed!" Unfortunately, so do the squirrels. Yes, the squirrels started gnawing through the roof of the bird feeder again!
I added "Suet Nuts" to the other feeder that still had the "Hot Meats" in the center compartment. The sides of this feeder were designed for suet cakes. I added the "Suet Nuts," which look like Cheese Puffs, to the suet compartments. The bag reads, "Treat your songbirds to this heavenly combination of nourishing peanuts and delectable suet. They'll thank you for it with repeat visits all year round."